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Messages - Chuck.Philips

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Main Message Board / Re: Replace Xantrex 2000 Inverter and Charger?
« on: October 19, 2020, 05:08:05 PM »
Thanks for the info.  Another quick question.  As I recall, when we purchased the boat about 10 years ago, I could turn the inverter on without having the generator on when we were at a mooring in Catalina, though if we were doing anything more than watching TV,  I had to run both the generator and inverter to fire up the microwave.  Now, I have to have to have the generator running for the inverter to function at all.  Is that the way your inverter works?


Main Message Board / Replace Xantrex 2000 Inverter and Charger?
« on: October 14, 2020, 04:28:33 PM »
We are still using the Xantrex inverter/charger system and Link Panel 2000 for remote management of the batteries on our 2005 Mk II.  It was original equipment and is showing its age--inverter won't go to the on position from the panel nor will the panel allow me to reset the Amp Hours Used anymore.  Has anyone replaced their Xantrex with a new inverter/charge system that you would recommend us doing also?


Chuck Philips
#1725 -- Forever Young

I took everything out of the two stern compartments yesterday and tracked down the vents and hoses attached to them--they were attached to the drains on either side of the cockpit.  Both sides were a little loose, the one on the starboard side was really loose.  I tightened both hose clamps up and will check to see if we get any more leaks on a sail next week to Dana Point. 

Thanks to all who gave me ideas as to where to look.  I really appreciate this organization.


We have an '05 Mk II 34 with two small vents on the swim step that "appear to leak" water under the aft cabin bed. It only seems to happen when we are under full power and in a following sea. Then I can actually see water sloshing over the swim step toward the wheel.  I'm contemplating trying to seal the 2 vent holes from the inside to stop this leaking.  I have not noticed any water even in the bilge when we are just under sail or not under full power.  The transom area is always dry under sail.  Has anyone else experienced this situation and if so, what did you do to rectify it? 

I'm not sure what purpose the two vent holes serve and don't want to cap them if they really serve a purpose.  Anyone know this?


Chuck Philips
#1725--Forever Young

Main Message Board / Water in Aft Cabin with following seas?
« on: July 24, 2020, 10:47:14 AM »
Have any of you experienced getting water into the space in the little passage way between the galley and the aft cabin?  We were in light wind conditions last week with the motor on and a following swell of about 3 feet at 7 seconds that would catch up to us and push us along.  However, once in our slip, we noticed the carpeting in that area was wet.  It appears the water is coming from the stern vents in the swim step area.  The bilge was dry.  Any suggestions--we have a 2005 Mk II C-34.


Main Message Board / Installing a New Vent for Waste Tanks
« on: July 10, 2020, 04:25:12 PM »
I just found a vent that I think will solve my waste holding tank non-venting issues for my 34 Mk II at Catalina Direct.   It looks like it will work fine--it's one that is now being used on a variety of Catalina sail boats: C-28, 320 and C-42's.  Has anyone else added one of these vents to increase air circulation for their holding tank?   

CD's suggestion is to mount the vent just below the rub rail--I'm figuring on that location and virtually inline with the existing stanchion at about the "stripes level."  Does anyone know how thick the hull is at this point?  I'd like to have an idea how thick the hull is before I start drilling it out and installing the new fitting.

Chuck Philips
#1725 AMB Marina,Long Beach

Main Message Board / Re: Thru Stanchion Vent for Head Issue
« on: July 08, 2020, 05:15:03 PM »
The picture is a closeup of the vent hole in the stanchion--where you can see that the hole is blocked by the same color of metal--I figure it is either stainless or an aluminum tube that was inserted into the base of the stanchion for attaching the elbow and waste pipe.  The metal blocking the hole inside the stanchion is what I can't figure out to do with.  Sorry it I was unclear with my original post.

Main Message Board / Thru Stanchion Vent for Head Issue
« on: July 08, 2020, 01:37:08 PM »
There appears to be metal covering the hole in the stanchion that serves as the vent tube for the waste tank for the head. I checked below deck--behind our switches panel.  I removed the hose clamps on the metal tube that protrudes below the deck where the elbow attaches that connects my tubing to the vent pipe.  I have attached a closeup picture of the stanchion base--I know that the hole in the stanchion used to be open as I often put water down it when washing the deck to clean out the pipes.  Now I see another metal blockage--should I just try drilling through it to open it up again?  I've read on this Forum about other owners adding a new thru hull for venting--I'd rather not do that.


Main Message Board / Halogen light bulb wattage?
« on: March 31, 2020, 07:06:21 PM »
We have two reading lights in the v-birth that are two-pin halogen bulbs on our 2005 34 Mk II.  I need to replace one of them that has now burned out--anyone know what wattage they are?  I can't find a notation on the bulb itself.  Thanks

You're right.  Just down from LBYC. We've been in Shoreline for a long time and think it will be a good move.

I just received a call from the Marina.  I have a chance to move our 34, Forever Young to a new slip in a much nicer marina than we are currently located.  It's 20 minutes closer to our home and has pump outs every two slips.  My only concern is this new slip has the power box for the entire dock right where our bow will be.  Is there anything I should be worried about before accepting and moving to this new slip?  New Zinks are put on regularly by my boat cleaner.


Main Message Board / Re: New Main for In-Mast Furling System
« on: September 30, 2019, 05:43:03 PM »
Thanks for the info. I'll probably order a new 3-batten Main from Ullman tomorrow.

Main Message Board / New Main for In-Mast Furling System
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:23:15 AM »
I'm looking into buying a new main from Ullman for our Cat 34 Mk II #1725.  We have an in-mast furling system and one option the sail maker is offering is a main with 3 vertical batons.  My current Main has no batons and I'm wondering if any of you have experience with batons and an in-mast furling system on your 34.  I would assume the sail would keep better shape; however, I wonder if it makes the sail more difficult to furl or unfurl.  Thanks, Chuck Philips

Main Message Board / Re: Fleet for So Cal or Catalina Island Sailors?
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:02:41 AM »

You're right about Avalon and Two Harbors.  In any case, if you ever decide that you want to sail to the West End, let us know.  Our YC in 4th of July Cove is a great place to hangout and have a cocktail at sunset.  Since we don't have any reciprocal privileges with other YC's, we're happy to sign you in as our guests. My wife, Sally, and I are usually at the Island for most of June, August and September.  Just send me a text--559 593-2437.


Main Message Board / Fleet for So Cal or Catalina Island Sailors?
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:47:56 PM »
My wife and I have been keeping Forever Young--our 2005, C/34 #1725--at the Shoreline Marina in Long Beach, CA for a number of years and wonder if there are other Catalina 34 owners who might want to start a Fleet of our own.  We spend most of the summer at Catalina Island at the 4th of July YC on the West End of the Island and would like to get to know other C34 sailors better who also like Catalina Island.  If you're interested, please reply to this message.


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